Post-Game Grades: Pacers Defense Blankets Knicks

There are no mysterious forces at play here. The Pacers have beaten the two best teams in the East in the past three days by doing what they do. Neither Miami nor New York reached 80 points, and the Knicks scored just 30 points in the first and fourth quarters combined.

It certainly wasn’t pretty tonight. The Pacers shot a frightful 39.2% from the floor and scored just 96.4 points per 100 possessions. It says something that they won easily despite those weak offensive numbers since the Knicks’ stats were even worse. Paul George’s 6 steals were big and the team’s stalwart ability to force their opponent into low-percentage shots is just something we take for granted at this point.

It’s fun to watch even though, ya know, in other ways, it’s not that fun to watch.

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Here is how each guy played individually tonight. Agree? Disagree? Express your thoughts below in the comments or yell at me (@8pts9secs) or Tim (@TimDonahue8p9s) on Twitter.

David West, PF 34 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -8

His slump is becoming a concern. He has now made just 19 of his last 64 shots (29.7%).

Paul George, SF 44 MIN | 10-24 FG | 2-2 FT | 11 REB | 5 AST | 24 PTS | +4

I would write more about how well he played for much of the game but he just stole my keyboard.

Roy Hibbert, C 19 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -3

Missed a lot of the game with back spasms but had one huge block of a Tyson Chandler dunk attempt at a key moment. Seemed to enliven the Pacers and it was all doldrums offense from the Knicks after that.

George Hill, PG 34 MIN | 2-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 6 PTS | +10

Hopefully he gets some chicken soup and turns back into himself soon.

Lance Stephenson, SG 36 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 9 PTS | -7

Nice little game. Active when he needed to be without mucking things up too much by over-iso-ing

Tyler Hansbrough, PF 14 MIN | 1-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +13

Active and meaningful even if he missed everything.

Jeff Pendergraph, PF 9 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | 0

Who was that masked man?

Gerald Green, SF 17 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | +13

Nice work aside from that time he stepped out of bounds. Still some of the bad stuff that makes you wonder, but made 2 of his 3 two-point attempts.

Ian Mahinmi, C 20 MIN | 6-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | +8

Can’t ask for anything more.

D.J. Augustin, PG 14 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -5

Could ask for more things.

Frank VogelGot some good national attention for his toothbrush trick.

Tags: Game Recap

  • NLP

    Mahinmi is a strange player he goes off tonight but has shot 40% the last 16 games while hitting 60% from the stripe despite 3 nice games going 11-for-20 in those games. He had went off for a 6-for-6 on December 5th much like tonight before that down run after shooting 39.1% and 67% from the line for the first 18 games with 4 good games in the mix where he shot 10-for-16.

    There seems to be no middle ground he’s either elite hitting everything or its brick city with 9 games over 55% and 15 at 33% or under.

    • A. Huth

      Mahinmi is the “back-up” center we’ve been looking for at least, he’s been a big help this season. Can’t wait to get DG back and see what we can do this year!

      • NLP

        No doubt I’m not knocking him at all, its just a bit frustrating when he shows these signs of being even better than a back up then also has extended runs where he looks worse than Lou with bricks and turnovers dropping easy passes.

        I think we could go all the way to the finals if he could find a steady middle ground rather than seemingly always being on the extreme each way. He’s going to be the make or break guy in the playoffs if Roy slumps or gets in foul trouble or even if these back issues linger.

        • lil-bang

          Well I think we found the reason he is a backup center…streaky like a shooter.

  • Philip Tarrant

    So, PG24 is trying to cement himself into the All-Star game. Someone needs to slap the crap out of America if he doesn’t make it.

  • Joe Betz

    Without Melo, we all knew it would be an even uglier game–and one the Pacers needed to win. PG stepping up as DW steps down. All’s well that ends well…Hibbert with a huge block…Green with a huge 3…PG with several huge steals. Ball Game. Match. Game’s Over. Pacers win the game. The game is won. Checkmate.

  • lil-bang

    Love the Frank Vogel grade. Hopefully he continues to be on here. I would give him an A+ on the season so far as well.

  • richard

    Paul george is now the face of this team. I hope DG return to the team dont stunt PG growth.

  • Derek Cooper

    TRADE FOR ARIZA? He’s overpaid this year+ next but we ll have space with a trade like this: tyler (3 mil expiring contract )+ g. Green (3.5 mil x3yrs)+ augustine (3.5 mil expiring contract)+ ben hansbrough (half mil expiring) +picks traded for ariza (about 7 then nearly 8 mil next yr-last of contract+ aj price (half mil)+ cash. –check out the wing defenders we can throw at wade/lebron and carmelo/j.r. smith in the playoffs– granger-paul george- lance stephenson-trevor ariza+ ariza is smart playoff tested solid veterin w championship experience. Not much drop off to insert either stephenson or ariza into line up for granger or george! Use them some with ‘starting’ unit then second unit like so stevenson-p. George-t. Ariza-granger- mahini. Take note- seriously crazy advantages to this line up. 4 can shoot 3′s+ mahini shoots long 2′s– can pick +pop or roll way out at perimeter– major space in the middle to flashpost our huge 1+2 positions lance and p. George. Both can facilitate from the post or driving off a high pick from mahini. can disrupt the opposing offence by guarding the point position and mostly playying the 2 position on offence– also good since lance can’t defend the 1 position well but is good at defending the 2 spot– lance plays point on offence where he has a heck of a group 1-5 to fastbreak with –also space in the middle on half court is ideal to utilize his uncanny talent of dancing his way into the lane. Ariza good for finishing the break and on playing off lance+ in the half court. And granger experience shooter+ scorer. Ariza + granger decent- average passers-decision makers. I really think this group can defend rebound and break. Far from a dropoff this arrangement may rival or outdo the starters.–in the trade I took a.j. price back as a third stringer injury insurance also we still have pendegraph whom I would also use as injury insuance even tho I imagine he’s as good or better than tyler. If I’m crazy dreaming here someone please bring me back to reality with some enlightening fact– seem very realistic+ plausible to me right now though. Also from washingtons perspective green decent developing super athlitic wing on a decent contract to run with john wall and expiring contracts whom they can take a look at and some picks. Indiana can overpay ariza a bit this year and next then if he’s. Happy here sign him for less. He’ll be a free agent the same year as p. George and stevenson. Also good insurance in case we loose one of our wings – granger is a free agent after next year. Our offence will go up with grangers return and stevenson being put into an ideal producing position with my 2nd unit arrangement . Also their ability to defend rebound and run will increase our offence. Also giving mahini more time consistantly + a little less to hibbert may help him to settle into a groove- a defined role- that also would help the offence. Also if my 2nd unit arrangement worked it could easily be used a little more to rest up d.west abit as he’s slumping perhaps playing too many minutes and being relied on heavily so much this year.

    • Jack Wright

      overwhelmed lol